Storage yard operations in container terminals: Literature overview, trends, and research directions

Hector J. Carlo, Iris F. A. Vis*, Kees Jan Roodbergen

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Abstract

Inbound and outbound containers are temporarily stored in the storage yard at container terminals. A combination of container demand increase and storage yard capacity scarcity create complex operational challenges for storage yard managers. This paper presents an in-depth overview of storage yard operations, including the material handling equipment used, and highlights current industry trends and developments. A classification scheme for storage yard operations is proposed and used to classify scientific journal papers published between 2004 and 2012. The paper also discusses and challenges the current operational paradigms on storage yard operations. Lastly, the paper identifies new avenues for academic research based on current trends and developments in the container terminal industry. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-430
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume235
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jun-2014

Keywords

  • Transportation
  • Container terminals
  • Literature overview
  • Yard operations
  • Material handling equipment
  • Stack
  • LOADING OUTBOUND CONTAINERS
  • AUTOMATED STACKING CRANES
  • DECISION-SUPPORT-SYSTEM
  • PRE-MARSHALLING PROBLEM
  • MOUNTED GANTRY CRANES
  • BEAM SEARCH ALGORITHM
  • ALLOCATION PROBLEM
  • EXPORT CONTAINERS
  • TRANSSHIPMENT HUB
  • ROUTING ALGORITHM

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